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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (U)

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (U)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

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The critical consensus

Fine if you’re young and undemanding, but even the most Neanderthal adult must be praying for an end to the prehistoric gags.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/07/2012

Weighed down with daft new characters and an overstretched story, the prehistoric saga is looking a bit old. On the other hand, it still has Scrat –which is all any movie really needs…

***(*)(*)Paul Bradshaw, Total Film, 02/07/2012

Still gorgeously drawn, still relying on the same story of a family in peril, and still loveable.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 05/07/2012

The Ice Age franchise trundles on with this dreary fourth instalment, serving up more banal adventures for its makeshift band of moribund mammals to pound us with easy-to-grasp family values messages.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/07/2012

The story and character development are rather perfunctory but there are some good lines and there’s no faulting the animation, showcased in some spectacular action sequences. The result is jolly, well-meaning and does the job.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/07/2012

Old friends and new voice talent will delight kids with a never-ending love for the most undemanding animation out there. A megabucks franchise drifts on.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 11/07/2012

Would 90 minutes of Scrat centre stage be too much in the inevitable Ice Age 5? Perhaps, but better that than more of this.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 12/07/2012

It really does feel exhausted.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/07/2012

The cracks are really beginning to show in this animated franchise.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 13/07/2012

Pleasantly surprised. But maybe stop there?

Daniel Goodwin, Little White Lies, 12/07/2012

Much like the earlier efforts, the kids will enjoy it a lot more than their parents.

***(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 13/07/2012

As always in the Ice Age animated franchise the best sequences centre on Scrat, the Sisyphean half-squirrel, half-rat, determinedly chasing an acorn around the prehistoric world to disastrous effect.

Philip French, The Observer, 15/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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